Professional Practices and Responsibilities: online training course to prepare commercial endorsement holders
Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR)
The RYA, in association with the MCA, developed the Professional Practices and Responsibilities online training course to prepare Commercial Endorsement holders for the extra responsibilities of being a professional skipper or crew, above those needed for safe leisure boating.
What does the course cover?
The PPR course covers the legal requirements, regulations, guidance and processes for managing the vessel and its crew. The course became a mandatory part of the endorsement application process in April 2012 and is a pre-requisite for anyone applying for their first Commercial Endorsement, and for those renewing their endorsement. The Professional Practices and Responsibilities certificate no longer expires, so once you have completed the course once, you don’t need to re-sit it when it comes to re-validating your Commercial Endorsement.
There are four modules:
- Commercial environment – showing how you fit into the professional maritime world.
- People – explaining the importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels.
- Vessel – teaching about the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create and implement risk control and operating procedures.
- Purpose – making sure your vessel is suitable and legal for the work you are carrying out, your obligations in protecting the environment, appropriate planning and situational awareness.
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Great Staff! Lovely people and very friendly too. This school is the best option by far.
Firstly I was very impressed by Rachael and John-Paul’s kindness, assistance and enthusiasm. I always thought I was being taken care of, and will definitely be booking up the online RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Online course with you the end of September. Once I have passed this I’ll explore further with you guys for Advanced Power and Coastal Skipper practical courses.
Will Downing, the Skipper for the Day Skipper course, was marvelous! He pushed me when I needed it and was a fountain of knowledge on all things not just sailing. I would definitely recommend him.
Fred Harper, for my Level 2 Powerboat was equally good. He helped increase my confidence, and I really appreciated his style and genuine focus on safety.
It goes without saying that I would definitely recommend Aigua Sea School, as I was very impressed.
Thanks for your help with the ICC and VHF courses. John O’Hara was an awesome evaluator/instructor, I learned a lot from him. And, Linda was equally awesome in the theory and VHF assessment!
After sailing more than 50 years I thought I was a rather good sailor. Two sailing friends asked me to accompany them to do the Coastal skipper course and Yachtmaster. I’m very happy now that I did it. Now there is less stress when I have to berth with crosswind.
Now I know:
- what ship is coming or going during a night passage
- what a horn signal means
- why there is a lit or unlit buoy in the water
- how to make a passage plan
Your sea school educates in a very comfortable way.
The instructor (Nathan) never shouted to us, he always gave us positive feedback he gave, there was always time for questions or repeating weak subjects. I will recommend every sailor to do this course in your sea school. The way of teaching is absolutely professional and the human guidance unforgettable. I was the man who wanted to stop during the week but John-Paul and the VHF Teacher motivated me in a personal way and so I finished my examination. Thank you all.